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A man has admitted attacking and injuring two fathers with a knife as they walked through Leicester city centre with their children.
Kameron Grant-Smith fled the scene after carrying out the assaults in Bay Street, during the afternoon of Friday 19 August. Following swift police work to identify and locate him he was arrested the next day.
One of the victims, aged 25, was stabbed multiple times as he lay on top of his child in a bid to protect her from being hurt. The other, aged 32, was slashed on the arm and hand while carrying his son.
Both men were taken to hospital. The 25-year-old man suffered a fractured skull and serious injuries to one of his arms and is still receiving treatment. The children were not physically hurt.
As the trial began at Leicester Crown Court today (Monday 13 February), Grant-Smith pleaded guilty to two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent and one count of possession of a bladed article in a public place. He is due to be sentenced on Friday (17 February).
It was following an argument in the street between the three men that the 29-year-old of no fixed address, returned to the car, grabbed a knife and attacked the two men.
In the hours after, police located the vehicle and traced it back to Grant-Smith, who had hired it from a rental company on the morning of the incident.
Extensive enquiries led to him being found at an address in Market Harborough the following day.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Katherine Dabrowska, said: “Grant-Smith carried out a vicious and frenzied attack on two men, in broad daylight, while they were with their children.
“After committing the offence, he fled the scene and abandoned the car in an attempt to avoid being caught. Following quick police work Grant-Smith was identified as the person responsible for the attack and he was located at an address the next day.
“I am pleased he has at now admitted his actions and the families can begin to move past this traumatic event.
“Carrying a knife has huge consequences and this horrific incident is a clear example of not only the harm it can do to a victim but also the price a perpetrator can pay. Because of Grant-Smith’s actions that day he now faces time behind bars.
“As a force, through our We Don’t Carry #LivesNotKnives campaign, we are working hard to help deter people from carrying knives and to educate them on the dangerous of doing so.”
For more infomration on this, visit #LivesNotKnives - Anti-knife campaign | Leicestershire Police (leics.police.uk)